The Festival of Succot prescribes, as its central observance, the construction of temporary shelters – the Succah – in which we “dwell” throughout the Holiday and, especially, eat our meals. Rabbi Akiba teaches that the Succah represents God’s protective Presence during the wilderness period (Sifra...
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Israel bans entry of Succot-related plants, citing agricultural disease control

(JTA) — Israel is keeping out plants used to celebrate Succot from coming into the country.

A task force charged with implementing the ban on three of the four species used to celebrate the holiday will begin working in the coming days at Ben Gurion Airport.

The Agriculture Ministry said...
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Succah torn apart in vandalism at Kansas State University

(JTA) — A succah erected on the campus of Kansas State University was vandalized and destroyed.

The succah erected near the main dining hall on the Manhattan campus was carried away from its place on Friday night and broken apart, the Mercury newspaper reported Sunday. The pieces were left around...
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UPDATE: From NOLA to Israel and back; Hazelnuts to vocalize for Succot on Mon.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

The Hazelnuts, a close harmony vocal group from Israel, has New Orleans to thank for their unique sound. Years ago they were looking for a group they could emulate and discovered vintage film recordings of the Boswell Sister, three young siblings from New Orleans via...
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This panoramic succah re-creates Jerusalem in your backyard


JERUSALEM (JTA) — When it comes to Succot, the weeklong festival in which Jews live and eat in temporary huts known as succahs, no place does it better than Jerusalem. City schools and plenty of workplaces close, and a festive spirit permeates the air.

Many Jews around the...
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Shir Chadash dedicates renovated succah tonight, enjoys program on Shabbat

Shir Chadash invites the public to take part in two Succot events, one that commences tonight. A renovated succah will be dedicated tonight, Wednesday October 4 as evening falls. The succah renovation project was spearheaded by congregation president Lisa Finkelstein along with other staff and lay leaders.

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On Succot, use King Solomon’s wisdom to endure the election season


(JTA) — Building up to Succot, with its temporary, shaky succah, it’s easy to forget that the holiday comes with something more substantial: its own book, Ecclesiastes — Kohelet in Hebrew — which is read during the festival and gives us a solid sampling of earthly...
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These Jerusalem succahs are nicer than yours


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Amit Zakoon’s flower business started with a seed — literally — but it quickly grew into one of Jerusalem’s premier purveyors of luxury succahs.

“We work for all the rich and famous,” Zakoon, the owner and CEO of Yarok Yarok Events Design, told JTA.

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5 reasons why Succot is great for kids (sorry Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)


(Kveller via JTA) — Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are boring. There, I said it. Seriously, what do Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offer from a child’s perspective?

Rosh Hashanah’s selling points are the shofar and raisins. Kids are hustled into the sanctuary and told to...
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Hurricane Joaquin: Can Jews take down their succahs for a storm?


(JTA) — As Hurricane Joaquin gains steam off the southeastern coast of the United States, the question has begun to circulate online: Are Jews allowed to take down their succahs in the case of a storm?

Succot, which began Sunday, runs through this Sunday evening. Hurricane Joaquin,...
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